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 Posted: Sat Feb 24th, 2007 03:50 pm
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That was an absorbing analysis of the situation existent at Fort Pillow and many other places in the Civil War to a certain extent. It certainly presented itself every single time a US Colored Trooper was captured or injured and captured on the battle field.  It also explains the rage against white officers who had the affrontery to lead such men in battle against the Confederacy.

But, too, it shows the abject desperation of the Confederate high command when they finally realized they had no recourse but to arm their own slaves and give them their freedom just to meet the dangerous manpower crisis that all but crippled the South by 1864 and 65.

Widow, thank you for your observations and perspective. 

Here's another example of the prevailing attitude that does illustrate what the Widow is saying. Colonel Charles W Fribley led the Eighth U.S. Colored Troops at the Battle of Olustee where he was mortally wounded. After the battle General Seymour requested of Confederate  General Finegan, that Fribley's body be returned or at least a marker be placed where he fell and died.   Gen. Finegan  at first denied the request saying he had "no sympathy for the fate of a white officer commanding negroes. " 

Part of a letter published in the Savannah Daily Morning News in 1864 was eevn less kind.

"Yes! The black-hearted Freble (sic) had a dog's burial. A leader of a horde of infuriated negores, on a mission of murder, robbery and rape, ought he not  have been left to rot on the plain, to the obscene birds to fatten on his vitals, and the great wolves to gnaw on his bones?" 

The above is quoted from "Confederate Florida, The Road to Olustee" by William H. Nulty, page 190. 

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